Spaces Summit 2019 – Part II

    By PeterPaulvandeBeek on 27-06-2019
    Category: Podcast, Development, Testing

    Three years ago, a group of enthusiastic engineers gathered together during the Friday drinks. They wanted to interact more in the growing organization. Learn more from each other by sharing cool stories. The plan for a tech summit was born, they called it Spaces Summit.   Three years later the 3rd edition in succession is organized by a dedicated team of committed engineers. It’s the 13th of June and the Techlab Podcast team is on the Spaces Summit 2019 location to give you an impression of the Spaces Summit.   In the previous episode of the podcast we interviewed one…

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    Spaces Summit 2019 – Part I

    By PeterPaulvandeBeek on 20-06-2019
    Category: Podcast, Development

    Three years ago a group of enthusiastic engineers gathered together during the Friday drinks. They wanted to interact more in the growing organization. Learn more from each other by sharing cool stories. The plan for a tech summit was born, they called it Spaces Summit.   Three years later the 3rd edition in succession is organized by a dedicated team of committed engineers. It’s the 13th of June and the Techlab Podcast team is on the Spaces Summit location to give you an impression of the Spaces Summit.   We interviewed one of the committee members to tell you the What, Why…

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    Spaces Summit – Launching for the 3rd edition

    By Niels Kuiper on 7-06-2019
    Category: Culture, Development, Events

    On June 13th, we organize the third edition of Spaces Summit: an internal tech conference for and by IT. From the start of the idea three years ago at a “borrel” (Friday afternoon drinks), Spaces Summit has become the biggest event inside IT to get inspired, learn, share knowledge, show off and get together as a community . This third edition will again be bigger than last year: a total of 500 attendees (150 more than last year!), an unusual afternoon keynote, inspiring talks on a variety of subjects, good…

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    Meetup: Angular and Progressive Web Apps

    By PeterPaulvandeBeek on 5-06-2019
    Category: Development, Events

    On Wednesday the 26th of June will host a meetup about Angular and Progressive Web Apps (PWA). Lars Meijdam en Marcel Visser (both Team Rockstars IT) will present on Progressive Web Apps. What are these PWA’s? What sets them apart from native apps? How to create them? Stefan Nieuwhuis will dive into taming huge enterprise applications with Mono repos, Design Systems & Web Components. Program 17.30 -18.30 Welcome, food and drinks 18.30 – 19.15 Progressive Web Apps – Lars Meijdam en Marcel Visser – Rockstars IT 19.15 – 19.45…

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    Meetup: René Feiner (MessageBird) & Maarten Dirkse ( – Migrating to the cloud

    By Leon van Tegelen on 9-05-2019
    Category: Cloud, Development, Events

    On Wednesday the 15th of May will host a meetup about migrating from on-prem to the Google Cloud Platform (GCP). After dinner is served, René Feiner, director of engineering at MessageBird will kick off the evening and talk about how and why they moved from their datacenter to GCP. Then, after a short break, Maarten Dirkse, cloud advocate at, will discuss’s ongoing migration to GCP and what lessons they have learned along the way. So if you’re interested in why companies migrate to the cloud and how…

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    Meetup: Maarten Dirkse & Tariq Ettaji – CI/CD @ & Xebia

    By Sjors van Berkel on 16-01-2019
    Category: Cloud, Events

    During this meetup we will focus on modern CI/CD practices! Maarten Dirkse, cloud advocate at, will update us on the migration of from their in-house data center to the cloud. After a short break, we will continue with the next part of the evening, in which Tariq Ettaji will show us how to run a CI/CD stack using CloudFormation completely free of charge!

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    Part 1: Talks Spaces Summit v2.0

    By Sjors van Berkel on 8-07-2018
    Category: Blog, Architecture, Culture, Cloud, Development

    Last June, Spaces Summit was organized by and for employees. At Techlab, we want to celebrate this event by highlighting two presentations every month. This month, we will look at the challenges of moving our server infrastructure to the cloud, and, also important, how to use the cloud for pouring cold beer. Talk #1: Going to the cloud: Forget EVERYTHING you know! Speaker: Maarten Dirkse Genre: Way of working Slides Abstract: is moving to the cloud. When you’re doing so, what should you care about? Can you handle the…

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    Software Circus 2017

    By Maarten Dirkse on 5-09-2017
    Category: Culture, Events

    The conference with a kick is back! And they have been busy.. This time Software Circus will come back as a true FestiCon. Here they will challenge the status quo and bust this cloud open to really see what is in, out and around. And will be a part of this FestiCon Circus.

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    Meetup: Why Functional Programming Matters

    On: 29 Jun 2017 at:
    Category: Events

    Next week we welcome the meetup group Papers We Love Utrecht at Thursday, the 29th of June, the program will start at 6.30 PM. What to expect: How should we structure complex and large software programs? How can we ensure they are modular, easy to maintain and reason about? Functional programming provides higher order functions and lazy evaluation. How can these features be used to write programs with these nice properties? For this edition of Papers We Love, we are lucky to have João Pizani discuss classic paper by…

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    Meetup: Practice Java, Testing and Clean Code

    On: 3 Jul 2017 at:
    Category: Events

    On Monday the 3rd of July we would like to welcome you to join our Java practice. What to expect: Agenda 17:30 – 18:30 Walk-in 18:00 Food & drinks 18:30 Let’s do some exercises! 21:30 Wrapping up Food-wise has organized a buffet for non-vegetarian and vegetarian, with enough drinks/beers for the whole evening 🙂 Exercise Our colleague, Patrick, has three type of exercises ready. As a group we will decide at the beginning of the evening which one we want to do. The exercises are: Introduction into Testing, with JUnit…

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    Ladies that UX Utrecht take over

    By Thatiana Mendes on 29-03-2017
    Category: UX, Development

    Last Wednesday we had an inspiring evening at We held Ladies that UX Utrecht meetup as part of our campaign Women in Tech*. Ladies that UX Utrecht is an existing group that brings together women that have passion for User Experience Design, tech and digital, positively promoting and teaching each other. They gladly brought two uplifting presentations to the 45 people in the audience. Before it everybody enjoyed a nice dinner and got prepared for what was coming after.

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    Let our partners shine

    By Thatiana Mendes on 20-03-2017
    Category: Culture, Development

    Today we had our third edition of Let partners shine. Around 50 bol.comer’s – among them software engineers, test engineers, information analysts, UX designers and business analysts – got together for the whole day to participate in this competition. The idea was to fix and improve little interactions that cause frustration for the users in the partner platform.

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    Unboxing – IT Young Professional Event

    On: 10 May 2017 at: HQ, Utrecht
    Category: Events

    Sign up is not only the largest online retailplatform in the Netherlands and Belgium. But we are also an innovative IT campus where it never feels like business as usual, where you have the right to challenge everything. And where you’re encouraged to find out what you’re most passionate about. At you can really make a difference. Our open, innovative work culture stimulates IT young professionals to find their passion first and expertise later. We expect you to build and break things. To think outside the box at our hackathons…

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    Nextbuild 2017

    On: 20 May 2017 at: High Tech Campus Eindhoven
    Category: Events

    On The NextBuild Conference I will host a talk about Designing scalable data intensive applications. At the datavolumes we need to process exceed the capacity of any single computer. As a consequence we are forced to think about designing our data intensive applications in such a way that they can be run on a cluster of systems and grow to handle much more that the volumes of today. In this talk I will show the main design concepts that has been using for more than 8 years that are needed to…

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    Codemotion 2017

    On: 17 May 2017 at: Kromhouthal, Amsterdam
    Category: Events

    Applying “web scale” patterns in the back office Peter Paul van de Beek (IT Architect at will show you in this session how we use “web scale” patterns to achieve scalability and flexibility in our back-office software. We will guide you through how we apply patterns like CQRS, event sourcing and micro services to solve puzzles in our back-office services. Interesting is that in our experience we don’t need these just to solve technical problems, they also help us solve some of our business problems! Sign up for…

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